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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Senior Voices – Nothing is for free


This coming month is tax time. And we all cringe to pay our taxes in April. Yet, so many things in Naperville make it truly a wonderful city for us to live. We have so many things that are “free.” But really, nothing is for free.

To name just a few, look at what our Park District and Forest Preserve offer. You can call them free, but they really are “free of charge.” Here are some things for us seniors that also are free of admission: Movies at the Rubin Center, Income tax assistance, Book Exchange, Legal aid services, Walking track at the Fort Hill Activity Center, Watercraft permits for our forest preserve lakes, Permits for dog parks, Model craft permits, Archery permits, Family camping permits.

Our wonderful library has many “free of charge” services, too. I attended a brown-bag lunch lecture by a talented lady who portrayed she was Mae West, costume and all. Our City Band concerts are always a highlight of summer. Again, no admission charge for all that wonderful upbeat music.

There is “no charge” to walk in our parks, the Riverwalk, and I could go on and on.

So try to remember when you pay your taxes, all the wonderful “free” things you are receiving by living in Naperville.

Chuckle Time: Scotty finds himself in dire trouble. His business has gone bust and he’s in serious financial problems. He’s so desperate that he asks God for help. “Please help me. I’ve lost my wee store and if I don’t earn some money, I’m going to lose my house, too. Please let me win the lottery!”

That night someone else wins. Scotty prays again. “God, please let me win the lottery! I’ve lost my wee store, and now my house.” Again Scotty didn’t win the lottery.

Again he prayed. And he mentioned now he had to pay taxes. I didn’t ask for help often. I’ve always been a good servant to thee. Please just let me win this one time so I can get back on my feet!”

Suddenly the heavens open. The voice of God thunders: “Scotty! At least meet me half way. Buy a ticket!”

Bev Patterson Frier
Bev Patterson Frierhttp://napervill.il.us
Bev Patterson Frier was co-founder of the Senior Task Force with Karen Courney. Their efforts led to RAN, Ride Assist Naperville. Bev hails from Anderson, Ind., but the dedicated arts enthusiast boasts that Naperville is her family.